WHO I FISHED WITH: This afternoon, Thursday, 28 March, I fished with Belton natives Terri Covington, her son, Dave Covington, and Dave’s son, 6-year-old Andy Covington, on the occasion of Andy’s sixth birthday.  Terri planned this well ahead of time, desiring the event to coincide with the actual date of Andy’s birthday.  I expressed some concern about taking a child so young at this point in the season when options are limited and the techniques are a bit technical, but, all worked out well in the end.


PHOTO CAPTION:  Andy Covington, son of Dave Covington and grandson of Terri Covington, was treated to a birthday fishing trip.  We landed 45 fish in just under 3 1/2 hours of fishing on Stillhouse.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This trip was a multi-species fishing trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED:  Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:   28 March 2019

HOW WE FISHED:    I began our trip up shallow hoping for some sunfish to offer a bit of instant gratification, but, the heavy chop had muddied near-shore waters and sunfish just weren’t in the cards.  We changed over quickly to covering water by flatline trolling and began to pick up single fish with some regularity.  Next, a helpful handful of gulls showed some activity over a patch of open water, leading us to find white bass aggressively feeding on shad in about 22 feet of water, allowing all of us to catch a number of fish in short order primarily via a snap-jigging tactic.  Although smoking a slab and lift-dropping a blade also produced, the snap-jigged slab with stinger produced best.

After this hour-long run was over, we picked up a few more fish in two separate locations via flatline trolling, and then called it a day around 7:45p given that Andy has school tomorrow.  We all bet he sleeps well tonight!!

OBSERVATIONS:  The action has definitely moved shallow thanks to the multi-day warming trend and high winds of the majority of this day. 

TALLY: 45 fish caught and released



Start Time: 4:15p

End Time: 7:45p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  76F

Elevation: 0.11 feet high, with a 0.08 foot 24-hour rise

Water Surface Temp: 66.8F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE17+ at trip’s start, tapering down to SSE13 by trip’s end

Sky Conditions:  40% white cloud cover at trip’s start, transitioning to 100% thin, grey cloud cover by trip’s end

GT = 55

#WhiteBassFishing #LakeBelton #StillhouseHollow





**Area  729 thru 1967 – flatlining

**Area SH0106C – snap jigging

**Area  114 thru 703 – flatlining

**Area  116 thru 291 – flatlining


Bob Maindelle

Full-time, Professional Fishing Guide and Owner of Holding the Line Guide Service

Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide

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